The ISN mission is to help the US Army and other US military services dramatically improve the protection, survivability, and mission capabilities of the Warfighter and of Warfighter-supporting platforms and systems through basic research on nanotechnology and by transitioning promising outcomes of that research in partnership with the Army, other US military services, and industrial companies.

This mission includes decreasing the weight that Soldiers carry, improving blast and ballistic protection, creating new methods of detecting and detoxifying chemical and biological analytes, providing physiological monitoring and automated medical intervention, and enhancing situational awareness.

To carry out this mission, the ISN has developed a diverse set of core S&T competencies strengthened by an operating model that emphasizes cutting edge research coupled with rapid transitioning through Army and industry partners, as well as startup companies fostered by MIT’s strong culture of entrepreneurship.